President Trump approves Gov. Pritzker’s request for disaster declaration

Gov. JB Pritzker lashed out at those who do not observe social distancing. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker brought what he considered good news to his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday: President Trump has approved his request for a disaster declaration.

“This declaration will provide emergency funding to increase hospital and housing capacity as we respond to this unprecedented health crisis,” said Pritzker. “This declaration also provides resources to expand telehealth, allowing us to safely reach more illinoisans in need of care.”

Pritzker took more shots at those who choose not to observe six feet of social distancing, most recently people pictured frolicking on Chicago’s lakefront and park trails. He says those who don’t take coronavirus seriously should take a look inside a hospital.

Pritzker also announced a new relief fund, organized by the United Way and the state’s association of community foundations and headed by his sister, former commerce secretary Penny Pritzker. It’s raised $23 million so far.

Coronavirus cases in Illinois spiked more than 600 since Wednesday’s briefing, for a total of 2,538 cases and 26 deaths.

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